Good Ole Fashion Books

This weekend Jen and I swung through the local Library to grab some fall reading material. I tend to switch back and forth between science fiction/fantasy and non-fiction. And since my most recent book was all about the design and construction of Brunelleschi’s dome in Florence, it was time for me to blissfully surrender to fiction literature.

But I needed a recommendation. So I decided to start crawling through the unread books on this NPR ‘your choice’ list.

Here’s the start of the list:

NOTE: the formatting is way easier to read if you open the ‘read more’ link below.

Lord of the Rings: Yes
Hitchikers Guide: Nope
Ender’s Game: Yup
Dune: Yes
A song of Ice and Fire: Negative
1984: Yes
FahrenHeit 451: No
Foundation Trilogy: Yes
Brave New World: Yup
American Gods: Yes (didn’t like it)
Princess Bride: Saw the Movie – didn’t know it was a book
Wheel of Time: No.
Animal Farm: Surprisingly not
Neuromancer: nope
Watchmen: yes
iRobot: yes
Stranger in a strange land: Reading it now!!
Kingkiller Chronicles: Yes

and then after these first 18, with the exception of Stardust and the Time Traveler’s Wife, I haven’t read any! That gives me a paltry record of: 13 out of 100. 13%… Terrible.

What’s your science fantasy literacy rate?

4 thoughts on “Good Ole Fashion Books

  • 9/22/2014 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve read 29 of the selections on the list. My favorite books (The Hyperion Cantos) and least favorite series (The Mars Triology) are both on the list.

    I’d love to know what you think of Stranger in a Strange Land when you are finished. I will leave my opinions on the book until you’ve finished.

    • 9/22/2014 at 1:30 pm

      So far I’m 50 pages in and I love it… except that the book feels very old fashioned. In particular, the dialog between the sexes is awkwardly 1950’s.

      I’ll let you know what I think once it’s done!

      • 9/23/2014 at 9:03 am

        Yup. I actually really liked the story of the book, but the sexism made me swear off Heinlein for life.

  • 10/4/2014 at 1:35 am



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